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President Park Geun-hye will pay official state visits to Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and France from May 25 to June 4.

President Park will hold summit meetings with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss measures to enhance each nation’s relationship with Korea.

President Park Geun-hye is paying official state visits to Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and France from May 25 to June 4.

In Addis Ababa, President Park will deliver a special address as the first Korean head of state to visit the headquarters of the African Union, a regional body made up of 54 African nations. In her speech, she will propose her “diplomatic policy vision” for the African continent. She will hold meetings with AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and exchange opinions on measures to bolster partnerships between Korea and the AU.

During her time in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, President Park will attend launch ceremonies for Korea Aid, a new official development assistance program that will operate in each African nation. Korea Aid is a combined assistance program that includes both development cooperation and cross-cultural promotional programs. As part of Korea Aid, delegations from the Korean government will travel to specifically targeted regions and countries across the continent to provide food aid, medical services and cultural experiences. The teams will not only host cultural events, but will also include mobile medical check-up clinics, ambulances and trucks to deliver food aid.

Cheong Wa Dae said, “President Park’s visit to the three African countries will advance Korea’s will to bolster mutually beneficial cooperative relationships with these countries, and support their economic and social development in this regard. It will also contribute to laying the foundation for Korean firms to penetrate the region.”

President Park Geun-hye is to pay an official Korean government state visit to France from June 1 to 4. It will be the first such visit to France in the past 16 years. The above photo shows a meeting between her and French President François Hollande in November 2013.

Following her trips to the three African nations, President Park Geun-hye will pay a state visit to France from June 1 to 4 on the invitation of French President François Hollande.

President Park will hold summit talks with President Hollande and discuss measures to substantially strengthen cooperation across various sectors, including the creative industries, the arts, education and tourism. The two will also have in-depth discussions about cooperation on how to respond to issues involving the Korean Peninsula, including North Korean nuclear weapons issues and other global issues.

Regarding President Park’s official state visit to France, Cheong Wa Dae said, “This year, Korea and France mark the 130th anniversary of Seoul-Paris diplomatic ties. As an optimum partner for our government’s vision for the creative economy and for cross-cultural enrichment, the visit holds great significance as it will deepen and develop our comprehensive partnership.”

{Source: Relations ( by staff writer Yoon Sojung}

[Photo credits-featured image:  National Assembly Building of South Korea located in Yeido, Seoul. –  By frakorea –, CC BY 2.0, ]

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